In a conversation with Gold Derby, Kevin Costner was asked about what he believes to be Taylor Sheridan’s strengths as a writer. “I think he’s a wordsmith, and they have a lot of heart and there’s a lot of humor that can come out of it,” Costner responded. He went on to add, “He creates worthy opponents so that there’s not one person smarter than the rest and everybody else is dumb and become conveniences to knock down. I think he’s created a nice chess game going back and forth between the people and he loves that world. I embrace the outdoors in the exact same way.”
In a video with Paramount, Costner also recalled when Sheridan pitched “Yellowstone” to him by asking if he wanted to “make a long movie.” This was agreeable to Costner, who said, “the idea of having the story live a little longer with the character is always appealing to me.” That love of getting into the details of the characters, combined with the mutual interest in the Western setting, seems to make for a great partnership between the pair. Considering “Yellowstone” is in its fourth season with no sign of slowing down, it looks like something is working between Sheridan and Costner.